The Duchess of Sussex’s father has revealed what he made Prince Harry pledge when he asked for permission to marry his daughter.
Recalling the moment the royal asked for his blessing to marry Meghan, Thomas Markle told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: Harry asked for her hand on the phone and I said, ‘you are a gentleman, promise me you will never raise your hand against my daughter and of course I will grant you my permission’.
The former Hollywood lighting director, who was due to walk the former Suits actress down the aisle, missed the marriage after undergoing heart surgery.
Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland was the only member of her family to attend the royal wedding at Windsor Castle last month.
Mr Markle said: I absolutely wanted to walk my daughter down the aisle.
He said he was still recovering from the operation but added: I’m doing much better.
The Duchess of Sussex confirmed two days before the wedding that her father would not be attending so he could focus on his health.
Speaking about the moment when he told the couple he would not make the wedding, he said: They were disappointed.
Meghan cried, I’m sure, and they both said, ‘take care of yourself, we are really worried about you’.
The 73-year-old underwent surgery shortly after he allegedly staged paparazzi photographs of himself preparing for the wedding.
In the pictures, a seemingly unaware Mr Markle was seen being measured for his wedding suit, looking at pictures of his daughter and husband-to-be at an internet cafe, and reading a book about Britain while out having a coffee.
Asked about the controversy which made the headlines in the run up to the big day, Mr Markle replied: I spoke to them both and I apologised. I realised it was a serious mistake. It’s hard to take it back.
Mr Markle, who watched the ceremony post-surgery on television in California, said he cried a little bit when he saw Meghan. She was beautiful, It was incredible watching her.
He continued: I was very proud. I was very upset that it wasn’t me (walking her down the aisle) but the whole world was watching my daughter. I was very happy about that.
The unfortunate thing for me now is I’m a footnote in one of the greatest moments in history rather than the dad walking her down the aisle. That upsets me somewhat.
Prince Charles instead took on the honour of accompanying Meghan down the aisle after she walked part of the way on her own.
Mr Markle said: I was honoured, I can’t think of a better replacement than someone like Prince Charles.
When asked how he felt about the nuptials, he said: My daughter has been a princess since the day she was born.
He (Prince Harry) made a good pick, didn’t he.
Mr Markle described Prince Harry as a great… interesting guy and revealed they had held conversations about politics, including Donald Trump’s presidency, as well as Brexit.
I was complaining about not liking Donald Trump, he said ‘give Donald Trump a chance’. I sort of disagreed with that.
On Brexit he added: It was just a loose conversation… I think he was open to the experiment.